Travel / Tourism

Shangri-La Colombo among finest in The Travel + Leisure It List

Views - 38 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Newly opened Shangri-La Colombo has been included amongst the finest properties across the world in the influential “The Travel + Leisure It List.”


Paris tourism shakes post-attack lull to record decade-best 2017

Views - 10 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

PARIS (Reuters) - Tourists flocked back to Paris last year as safety concerns following a spate of attacks by Islamist militants


Star Alliance offers round the world fares with only two stopovers

Views - 17 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

A globetrotting trip, stopping only at two destinations for at least 24 hours, is now possible using selected Star Alliance Round


Sancharaka Udawa to boost SL’s tourism sector

Views - 64 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena The 2018 edition of Sri Lanka’s premier tourism and travel exhibition ‘Sancharaka Udawa’ is expected to further boost the country’s leisure sector and is scheduled to take place from 4-5 March at the BMICH. The eighth e


Earl and Countess of Wessex patronise Galle Face Hotel

Views - 46 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

South Asia’s leading Grande Dame, the Galle Face Hotel is one of Colombo’s most iconic institutions. For over one-and-a-half centuries, the landmark hotel has set the bar for luxury accommodation, and is the preferred choice for guests. The hotel


Amman SL Embassy organises road-show to promote Sri Lanka tourism

Views - 33 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Amman, Jordan organised a road-show alongside a spellbinding public performance of an array of Sri Lankan dances, performed by 12 members of Channa-Upuli Performing Arts Foundation, headed by globally-acclaimed Sri Lankan da


Sri Lanka Tourism shines in the Mediterranean at IMTM Travel Fair 2018

Views - 39 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Tourism showcased its splendour in the Mediterranean by participating at the International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) Travel Fair, which was held from 6-7 February at the Tel Aviv Convention & Exhibitions Centre, Israel. Sri Lankan


UNWTO consultant appointed to bolster several sectors of Sri Lanka Tourism

Views - 113 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Further strengthening collaboration between the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) - the apex tourism body in the world


Sri Lanka represented at 22nd Thai International Travel Fair

Views - 45 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Bangkok, organised and coordinated Sri Lanka’s


Hong Kong Disneyland Resort unveils more details of new Marvel attraction

Views - 17 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) has unveiled new details of its upcoming Marvel attraction. The new attraction


Travel around the world winners to visit 5 iconic cities

Views - 33 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

Nations Trust Bank American Express recently conducted a very special program which would let one Platinum Cardmember


American Express to acquire Hogg Robinson Group

Views - 49 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has unveiled plans to acquire Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) PLC, a global B2B services company specialising in travel management, in a recommended all-cash acquisition of the entire issued, and to be issued,


Gevora, world’s tallest hotel, opens in Dubai

Views - 49 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

The gleaming gold 75-storey Gevora Hotel, the world’s tallest hotel developed by the Al Attar Group and standing 356 m and 53 cm tall, opened recently on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, UAE. The Gevora, which cost more than Dh500 million ($136 million)


SL tourism requires strong marketing with cutting edge creative

Views - 77 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

Well known business professional Dr. Rohantha Athukorala addressing the World Wetland Celebrations 2018 on the topic ‘Brand Colombo, a sustainable tourism plan’ said that for the sustainability of a city brand first, the overall livability indica


New GM aims to make Movenpick Colombo’s most upbeat and happening hotel

Views - 60 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena Movenpick’s newly appointed General Manager George Koumendakos is set with the task of making the hotel Colombo’s most upbeat and happening. Situated in the commercial and cultural heart of Sri Lanka’s capital city, the 2


Customers ‘take off’ on a virtual first-class airline flight in Tokyo

Views - 53 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Reuters: After fastening their seat belts and listening to the prerequisite safety demonstrations, 12 ‘passengers’ on First Airlines took off on


Jetwing Hotels dominates Tripadvisor top 25 hotels in Sri Lanka list

Views - 142 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

In 1973, the destiny of Sri Lankan tourism changed. From humble beginnings in the fishing town of Negombo, a homegrown,


Cathay Pacific unveils Business Class promotion up to 35% off

Views - 29 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Cathay Pacific Airways is launching Business Class promotional fares to select destinations from Colombo. Promotional fares of up to 35%


Qatar Airways launches flights to Canberra, Australia

Views - 20 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Qatar Airways has launched flights between Doha and Canberra, the capital city of Australia.


Maldives tries to fight off travel alerts as tourists stay away

Views - 56 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

MALE (Reuters): Tourists have been cancelling hundreds of hotel bookings in Maldives every day since the imposition of a state of emergency last week


Disney raises prices of some US theme park tickets

Views - 24 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co said on Sunday it was changing the admission price for its U.S. theme parks, raising the cost of some single-day tickets by almost 9%. Disney, which has a three-tier structure that charges visitors more during peak


Singapore takes a jab at Time Out ranking as boring city

Views - 66 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore’s tourism agency has hit back at lifestyle magazine Time Out for ranking the wealthy city state among the world’s least exciting cities, by releasing a video that mockingly declares, “There is nothing exciting to


Sri Lanka’s best beach hotel, Citrus Waskaduwa, partners with Asian Tree of the Year

Views - 56 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

Ranked one of Sri Lanka’s best beach hotels, Citrus Waskaduwa is a one-of-a-kind luxury escape in the Indian Ocean. This upscale, beachfront getaway is the ideal fit for your tropical island escape. The hotel grounds features a casual restaurant wi


Chinese New Year travellers set to grow by 11%

Views - 42 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

The Chinese are travelling abroad in bigger numbers than ever to celebrate their coming New Year – the Year of the Dog. Daily international departures are ahead 11% on a comparable period last year – according to latest figures from ForwardKeys,


SriLankan’s Colombo-Melbourne direct flight boosts inbound arrivals from Down Under

Views - 109 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

National carrier SriLankan Airlines’ Colombo-Melbourne direct flight has reversed the trend of declining passenger traffic into Sri Lanka.


The Institute of Hospitality Sri Lanka International Branch holds ‘Chairman’s Black-tie Dinner’

Views - 49 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

The Institute of Hospitality is a professional body for managers working and studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industries


Sri Lanka participates in International Mediterranean Tourism Market in Israel

Views - 30 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tel Aviv, organised and coordinated the participation of Sri Lanka


London City Airport shut throughout Monday after WW2 bomb found in Thames

Views - 21 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

Reuters: All flights to and from London’s City Airport were cancelled on Monday after an unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered in the River Thames at George V Dock, the airport said. Police said that the ordnance was found during pre-planned


Cathay Dragon to launch new service to Jinan in March

Views - 9 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

The Shandong capital, known as the “City of Springs”, becomes the Cathay Pacific Group’s 28th destination in mainland China The Cathay Pacific Group’s expansion across mainland China continues apace, with the announcement that Cathay Dragon w


Emirates firms up orders for 36 A380s worth $ 16 billion

Views - 28 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, signed a contract for 20 additional A380 aircraft and 16 options, firming up the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was announced in January. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at


Today's Columnists

Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people


Sri Lanka needs sensible and sound leadership

Friday, 23 February 2018

The Asia section of the print edition of the Economist, under the headline ‘Beasts and Monsters’, said: “To critics of Mahinda Rajapaksa


Something happened out there, but what’s going on in here right now?

Friday, 23 February 2018

I have a confession to make. Yours truly has really lost track of what’s happening in the arena we call national politics.


Putting ‘Yaha’ into ‘Palanaya’ – could standards be the trick?

Thursday, 22 February 2018

I will from the outset indicate that this is not about politics, even though popular terminology cannot be resisted if one is to get the message across. We are driven by emotions and the media is only adding fuel to the fire. If one takes a step back


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